Kingsland Garden Club

Yantis Lakeside Gardens

Living and Gardening in the

Beautiful Texas Hill Country


Kingsland Garden Club
Celebrating Over 50 Years in the Highland Lakes Area 
The Kingsland Garden Club was organized in 1961 and is a member of the Texas and National Garden Clubs. We meet on the first Friday of each month from September to May. We have several programs during the year when we invite the public to join us for interesting and informative programs.
Kingsland Garden Club Officers:                            
President - Sharon Jones 

Vice President - Susan Berglund Nye
2nd Vice President - Nancy Bardouche 
Secretary - Renee Case

                        Treasurer - Robert Yantis 
                  Past President - Diane Langley
Next meeting for members:
September 11, 2015
Next Public Program:
September 11, 2015
For more information about the Kingsland Garden Club or to be notified of our programs you can email us or call (325) 388-8849
2014- 2015 Public Programsat 1:30 pm at the Kingsland Library,
 125 W. Polk St.:
Programs will start at 1:30 p.m. Club meetings at 1:00 p.m.
Andra Harris will present an interesting program on Bokashi Composting.  “Bokashi is a form of composting that uses a specific group of microbes to anaerobically  ferment organic matter, resulting in a finished product that can be rapidly digested by soil biota.” Bokashi  Composting  by Adam Footer

Andra Harris learned of Bokashi composting three years ago in Plano where she was a teacher.  She also had a parent of a student in her class who did Bokashi composting and was thoroughly convinced of its usefulness.  She knew it was something she wanted to try.  She was a huge recycler and this was one easy way to get some of the food out of the landfill and out of her garbage disposal.  She tried a small garden and Bokashi compost worked well even with the horrible clay soil of Plano and she was hooked. AT credit for Master Gardeners.

Friday, October 2nd, 2015 - Linda Fleming was a very active Highland Lakes Master Gardener and a member of the Kingsland Garden Club for many years until moving to Victoria with her husband Bob.  They have recently moved to Santa Fe NM.  Linda is going to present a program showing the making of a beautiful demonstration and educational garden in Victoria, Texas.  The Victoria County Master Gardeners broke ground in 2003 on their education garden located on county property at the site of the historic Foster Army Air Field.  Today the Victoria Education Garden serves the area as a center for beauty and education.  AT credit for Master Gardeners.

Our 2014-15 Programs 


Friday, September 5th, 2014 -Author and plant and photography expert Brian Loflin will present a program on "Texas Cacti". Brian and his wife, Shirley, actively teach and conduct seminars and workshops in many areas of photography. They also lead nature photography tours to a variety of destinations. They authored, produced and photographed Grasses of the Texas Hill Country and Texas Cacti, two photographic field guides for Texas A&M University Press and available at most booksellers. Their next new book, also by Texas A&M University Press, Texas Wildflower Vistas and Hidden Treasures is in final production.  Advanced Training credit for Master Gardeners.

Friday, October 3rd – Program on ponds and pond plants presented by the 2014 Board President of the Austin Pond Society, Jeannie Ferrier.  Her presentation  is "Why a Pond? The Big, Bad and Beautiful of a Backyard Pond".  Advanced Training credit for Master Gardeners.


Friday, November 7th Jessica and Ben Robertson - Co-owner of Backbone Valley Nursery
Jessica and Ben Robertson will present a program covering
 "Native and Adaptive Trees for the Texas Hill Country".  A walk and talk tour of the different varieties of trees that do well here.  She will also discuss the correct way to plant a tree as well as long term care of the tree.
   Come join us to celebrate Texas Arbor Day.  Jessica's passion (after Orchids) is soil microbiology and organic gardening. She also loves teaching others and sharing the love of gardening with children and adults alike. 
Jessica earned her degree in Biology and Biochemistry from Texas State University (Southwest Texas State) in San Marcos. Her family owns Backbone Valley Nursery in Marble Falls, a beautiful retail garden center and tree farm.

The meeting, held at Backbone Valley Nursery, 4201 FM 1980, begins at 1:00 PM.  The public is invited to a free program and tour at 10:30 AM.  If you cannot make the public tour you are invited to join the member's tour at 1:30.  We are dividing up the tour so that everyone can hear as we walk around their beautiful nursery.  Advanced Training credit for Master Gardeners. 

Friday, January 9th - Ben Hutchins from Texas Parks and Wildlife will present a program on "Native Texas Bees" While most everyone has heard at least something in the news about declining bees, most press coverage has been directed toward the plight of the non-native European honeybee. Very little attention is directed towards native bees, like bumblebees. Over the past few decades a substantial body of research has identified declines in bumblebee populations in Europe and North America.

Bumblebees have gone virtually unstudied in most states in this country despite their critical roles in agriculture and natural ecosystems. There is a real need to evaluate bumblebees in the United States to assess how their populations are faring and if conservation actions are needed. 

Friday, February 6th - Wade Hibler will present a very interesting program on "Identifing and Dealing with our Hill Country Bugs".  Wade is the former AgriLife Extension Agent from Burnet County.

Friday, March 6th -

Marvin Bloomquist, Past president of Highland Lakes Native Plant Society of Texas and Past President of Highland Lakes Master Naturalists, Avid photographer.  Marvin will help us get the most out of our cameras. Marvin will talk about using a digital camera as part of a program to learn and identify plants and animals of the hill country. Over the years, he’s photographed and cataloged thousands of images taken of wildflowers and plants found on his property near Kingsland. 

"The Digital Camera as a Tool for Flower Identification"

Click here to read article on Marvin here

April 4, 2015 - Kingsland Garden Club Annual Plant Sale @ Kingsland House of Arts & Crafts - 10 am Sat Only.

Club Members only events:

Dec. - Christmas Luncheon at The Lighthouse Country Club Restaurant - 11:30 A.M.

May - May Garden Tour and Progressive Luncheon

Kingsland Garden Club Activities
Images from our May Garden Tour and Luncheon
Photos courtesy of Sue Kersey